What's the Best BMW Code Reader Scan Tool?


Aug 1, 2020
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My ABS dash light recently came on in my 2009 BMW 328XI and I have concluded that I need to buy a code reader for BMW vehicles. I've never purchased one of these before, so I have no idea what I'm doing. Should I get one that's made specifically for BMWs or do they make ones that can be used for all different types of cars? What are the good brands? Are some better than the others? From what people are saying in my original post, one of my ABS wheel speed sensors may have gone bad or may be malfunctioning. I need to know, first, if this really is the problem and second, if it is, which wheel speed sensor has gone bad. I watched a few videos on YouTube and have read the responses to my post and from what I gather, only some code readers will tell you which sensor is malfunctioning while the car is sitting still. With others, the car will need to be driving. I would rather have my car parked and idling while I'm testing the system, so that's the kind of code reader I want to get. Any advice would be appreciated.


Aug 3, 2020
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I have heard that the AUTOPHIX 7810 and the AUTOPHIX 7910 are both good. The 7810 costs about $88 right now on Amazon and the 7910 cost about $129. I believe both are good tools with the 7910 having more features. Thinks like injector codes and the like. For your uses with the ABS wheel sensor, I think the less expensive 7810 model will work just fine. I am not 100% sure if it will tell you exactly which wheel sensor you will need to replace though. Check out these links for more information:

AUTOPHIX 7810 - https://amzn.to/3hfLdPp
AUTOPHIX 7910 - https://amzn.to/3hiQ5mG

While the code readers claim to work for BMW vehicles, there's a good chance that they'll also work for other makes and models as well.

Another good scanner is the Autel Maxilink ML619. This one is going for around $99 on Amazon right now and it should have no problem indicating which wheel speed sensor is bad.

Autel Maxilink ML619 - https://amzn.to/3A8zz1l

The manufacturer claims it will work with many different makes of vehicles, including GM, Ford, Chrysler, Volvo, VW, BMW, Mercedes, Toyota, Honda, Nissan,Hyundai, Kia, Subaru, Mitsubishi, Peugeot, Citroen, Fiat, Renault, Land rover, Jaguar. So this may be worth looking into.

You might also want to look into getting a Carly reader, but those may require a phone and a subscription. If you're a hobbyist and don't want to form a long lasting relationship with something like this, you might be better off with a different reader.
What's the Best BMW Code Reader Scan Tool? was posted on 06-28-2021 by KodyWallice in the Motor Forum forum.

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